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State's farmers and growers in Grand Rapids

7:33 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
Last year's unusual weather destroyed roughly 90 percent of Michigan's apple crop.
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- "Made in Michigan" takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Many of the state's farmers and growers are in Grand Rapids this week, attending the State Farm Bureau Convention at DeVos Place.

One of their priorities is extending crop insurance to speciality crops like cherries, strawberries and blueberries. Apples and peaches already have that insurance. It came in handy this year for Michigan fruit farmers who suffered through a horrible apple crop.

Michael DeRuiter, a cherry farmer, says, "If some disaster happens, god forbid it ever happens again so we can control our risk to some degree so we can continue with safe food supply to the United States and the world."

Michigan Farm Bureau members are counting on Congress to include expanded crop insurance in the farm bill that's now under consideration in the house.

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